Saturday, February 28, 2015

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Nutrigenomics, Medical Causes behind Weight Gain and More

Does Your Veterinarian Owe You a Guarantee? 

Is there any way veterinarians could offer a guarantee of services when dealing with a complicated living organism? Surely it would be nice. But is it possible? Would it be just an empty promise? See what Dr. Intile thinks on the subject.

7 Medical Causes Behind Weight Gain 

There are times, though where weight gain has a medical cause. These include pregnancy, fluid retention, parasites, endocrine disorders and some medications. The article includes bloat as well—that causes appearance of SUDDEN expansion of the abdomen.

Can hyper dogs become happy dogs?

A complaint of dog's hyperactivity needs to be viewed in context. Is the dog really hyper or is their activity level beyond the owner's coping abilities? Those can be very different scenarios.

Whether or not a dog's behavior is normal, owner's expectations are key to keeping the dog as opposed to surrendering them as unmanageable. Education is a key.

The Natural Approach to Canine Arthritis

Jasmine and drugs didn't mix very well. We had to seek natural and alternative ways to deal with her arthritis and other ailments. I am very happy that we explored those alternatives as they worked really well for Jasmine, kept her healthier and allowed her to enjoy full life. Dr. Patrick Mahaney shares his recommendations to natural approach to arthritis in dogs.

An Explanation of Nutrigenomics

I first encountered this term during my Integrative Canine Nutrition course. Nutrigenomics is the science examining how nutrition affects gene expression. And you still don't know what I'm talking about, do you?

If we compared the a body's cell to a kitchen, the DNA would be a fancy cookbook, containing recipes for everything and anything you might wish to make. But as with a cookbook, you wouldn't make all the meals all the time. You make them to order. There are a number of things which control which meals are made. Nutrients present in the body have influence on the recipe selection.

Of course, the cell doesn't make meals, it makes proteins. The function of proteins in the body goes far beyond being building blocks of tissues. Proteins are workers that perform most of the daily tasks in the body. Each of them made for a specific task. If the protein is missing, the task cannot be performed. If they are too many of them, they might get carried away while looking for something to do.

For example, a certain type of proteins are the clean-up crew to take apart damaged cartilage. If too many of them are made, they will start taking apart cartilage which had nothing wrong with it too. That makes existing arthritis worse. Omega-3 fatty acids actually help put a cap on the number of cartilage clean-up workers, preserving cartilage that is still healthy. Let me know if you can make sense of this.

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